Leek 'Tornado' / Late Harvest / High Yield & Good Shanks / Seeds

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Leek 'Tornado' / Late Harvest / High Yield & Good Shanks / Seeds

These are autumn and winter harvested leeks, which grow into excellent baby and full-size leeks.   Plants have thick long shanks and some resistance to rust.  They withstand winter wet and are good to follow an earlier Leek such as Zermatt to prolong cropping into winter, from October to January.


Leeks grow best in a sunny, well-cultivated position in rich well drained soil.  They tolerate part shade.


Pack of approx 150 seeds.  Sow in January to February indoors, and March to May outdoors.  Sowing instructions and a colour photo are printed on the seed packet.

 

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Hardiness Hardy biennial, harvested in the first year
Height 40-50cm
Spread 20-30cm
Conditions  Sun and rich cultivated well drained soil
Sow

Sow January to February indoors about 3mm deep in trays of moist seed compost.   Keep at 13-15C and germination takes 10-14 days.   Transfer seedlings to pots when big enough to handle and then plant outside after hardening off.   Or sow March to May outdoors into a seedbed and transplant seedlings into their final position.  Place the seedlings in holes 10-15cm deep, each hole being 15-20cm apart in rows 40cm apart.  Water the seedlings in the hole and do not fill with soil, which will fall in gradually.  

Grow & Harvest

Earth up the stems as they grow, which gives a blanched white shank.  Harvest from October to January by lifting the entire plant with a fork.